ECtHR responds to request for interim measures in case of Ildar Dadin

posted 9 Nov 2016, 12:45 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 9 Nov 2016, 12:46 ]
3 November 2016

Source:  [original source: Public Verdict Foundation]

On 2nd November 2016 Nikolai Zboroshenko, a lawyer from the Public Verdict Foundation, submitted to the European Court of Human Rights [ECtHR] a request for the implementation of interim measures to ensure the safety of Ildar Dadin. On 3rd November a reply was received from the ECtHR regarding interim measures for Ildar Dadin.

The ECtHR adopted interim measures [1] and in addition, on its own initiative granted priority to the application by Ildar Dadin, applying Rule 41 of the EСHR [2].

By 17th November the Russian Federation must submit medical documents, carry out a medical examination of Ildar Dadin without delay by doctors independent of the prison authorities, and allow access to Nikolai Zboroshenko to see Dadin in the prison colony.

As Ildar Dadin wrote in a letter, published in the media, since 10th September 2016 he has been subjected to pressure and torture by officials at prison colony No. 7 in the Republic of Karelia. Interim measures are adopted by the ECtHR if there are risks to the life and health of the applicant. Dadin is an applicant to the ECtHR and our lawyer Nikolai Zboroshenko is representing him.

In our request we asked that the Court place responsibility on the Russian Federation to ensure Dadin’s safety by way of transfer to another correctional institution, and also immediately conduct an effective investigation into reports of the use of torture.

On 7th December 2015 the Basmanny district court sentenced Ildar Dadin to three years’ imprisonment for “repeated violation of the established rules for organization or conducting an assembly, rally, demonstration, march or picket.” Later the sentence was reduced to two and a half years.

1 Interim measures, adopted by the ECtHR in accordance with Rule 39 of the Court's regulations, usually entail a ban on a government carrying out actions which may irretrievably and simultaneously lead to a threat to life or health, and in extreme cases – to the personal and family life of the applicant, or in an instruction to the government on the need to carry out certain defined actions with the aim of preventing such damage.

2 Rule 41 – Order of dealing with cases

Translated by Frances Robson